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Alan Wheatley is an economics writer and editor based in London. He was global economics correspondent for Reuters until November 2013. In the course of a 33-year career, he reported from more than 40 countries and had postings in London, Frankfurt, Paris, New York, Washington, Tokyo, Singapore, and Beijing. He attended innumerable IMF, G7, and EU summits and reported on landmark economic events including the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s; the collapse of Continental Illinois bank; the 1985 Plaza Accord; the 1987 Wall Street crash; negotiations to create the euro; Japan’s struggle to defeat deflation; the meteoric rise of China; and the euro zone crisis.
Alan is the editor and co-author of the book The Power of Currencies, which explores the consequences of looming challenges to the dollar as the world’s pre-eminent reserve currency.
- All aspects of the global economy, including the rise of emerging markets; the related shift in currency power; the convergence in living standards between East and West; the evolving governance of the world economy (BRICs institutions, IMF reform, etc).
- The euro area. I covered the negotiations for the euro, the Maastricht summit in 1991, the launch of the currency in 1999 and its near demise in 2011/2012.
- The rise of China and its implications for its neighbours and the rest of the world. I worked in Beijing from 2005-2011.
- The lessons to be learned from Japan’s long stagnation. I worked in Tokyo from late 1999 to the end of 2002.
- What financial markets are telling us at any given point. I’ve reported on them for more than 30 years.
- Monetary policy and central banking, including the impact of the Fed. I worked in the US for seven years in the 1980s.
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